Appalachian Power bringing new jobs to Roanoke

Appalachian Power announced on Tuesday that the company is adding 200 employees to its downtown Roanoke office building. 

The building on Franklin Road will be remodeled and a multi-level parking garage will be built to help accommodate the extra workers. 

More than 100 new jobs are being created as a result of this announcement.  

The other employees will move to the downtown office from a building near exit 141 on Interstate 81.  

Construction is expected to be finished by the Spring of 2019.  

Here is the press release: 

ROANOKE, Va., Nov. 14, 2017 – Appalachian Power, a utility subsidiary of American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP), today announced that it will be adding 200 employees to its downtown Roanoke office building from sister company AEP Transmission.  

The companies will remodel about 66,000 square feet of the 40 Franklin Rd. building and construct a multi-level parking facility to accommodate the additional employees.  Another 200 Appalachian employees already work in the almost 70-year old structure. 

The announcement was made today in Roanoke by Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, City of Roanoke Mayor Sherman Lea, and other dignitaries. 

McAuliffe said, “This project is a major win for Virginia as the City of Roanoke transmission operation will manage the systematic upgrading and modernization of AEP’s grid. It will create more than 100 new high-paying advanced degree jobs and is spurring the revitalization of Appalachian Power’s unique facility.” “Appalachian Power is extremely happy to be able to have these transmission employees join us in our downtown location,” said Chris Beam, the company president and chief operating officer.  “We’re confident that they will benefit the business environment in downtown Roanoke.” 

About half of the 200 employees moving into the downtown office have been working in space at Appalachian’s John Vaughan Center facility near Exit 141 north of Interstate 81. AEP Transmission will hire about 100 additional employees in project management and engineering positions. 

The remodeling and new construction will cost about $12.7 million and is expected to be complete by spring 2019. It will be a phased process so that it can be done with minimal disruption to Appalachian employees currently in the building and to allow a smooth transition for the AEP Transmission employees moving into new work space. 

During the remodeling, some of the transmission employees will be housed in leased downtown office space. 

The parking structure will be built on Appalachian Power property across 1st Street from the Appalachian main entrance. The property is already being used as surface parking for current employees. About 200 parking spaces for the additional employees will be available in the new facility. 

Appalachian Power has 1 million customers in Virginia, West Virginia and Tennessee (as AEP Appalachian Power).  It is a unit of American Electric Power, one of the largest electric utilities in the United States, delivering electricity and custom energy solutions to nearly 5.4 million customers in 11 states.  AEP owns the nation’s largest electricity transmission system, a more than 40,000-mile network that includes more 765-kilovolt extra-high voltage transmission lines than all other U.S. transmission systems combined.  AEP also operates 224,000 miles of distribution lines.  AEP ranks among the nation’s largest generators of electricity, owning approximately 26,000 megawatts of generating capacity in the U.S. AEP supplies 3,200 megawatts of renewable energy to customers.
 


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